Caltex Socceroos goalkeeper Mathew Ryan believes the Caltex Socceroos’ participation in the Copa America 2020 is a ‘phenomenal’ opportunity for Australian football.
Australia are heading to the 47th edition of the showpiece South American tournament, to held in Argentina and Colombia from 12 June to 12 July next year.
It is a huge chance for Australian football to showcase talent against some of the strongest nations and best players in the world, including the likes of Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, of Argentina and Uruguay respectively.
Speaking on the Fox Sports Football podcast, Ryan, 27, hailed the news as 'massive'.
“Going into a tournament like that with the quality of opposition that we’re going to be facing and the experience it’s all going to give us is going to be phenomenal for us moving forward as a nation,” he said.
“The more games we can get of that higher quality, common sense tells you, the better we’re going to get, the better we’re going to progress.
“The more times you’re exposed to that level of football, the more you’re going to learn about yourself in terms of the decisions you’re going to be making in those high pressure moments, in those fast paced moments in order to help you grow as a footballer, to then be better in those moments moving forward.
“So I’ve got no doubt that tournament is going to be of massive importance for our growth as a footballing nation and a footballing team and footballing individuals.”